Albert Einstein’s famous, variously repeated quote is, “God does not play dice with the universe,” or as some have it, “the world.” Not all physicists, as it turns out, hold that view. Continue ReadingRead More »
How many fly eggs and maggots can you tolerate in your food? One, five, ten, more? If you sit down to lunch at your favorite restaurant and notice a bunch of wiggly white critters exploring your spaghetti will you go back for seconds? Continue ReadingRead More »
Management genius Peter Drucker wrote in Management Challenges for the 21st Century:
Everybody has accepted by now that change is unavoidable. But that still implies that change is like death and taxes — it should be postponed as long as possible and no change would be vastly preferable. But in a period of upheaval, such as the one we are living in, change is the norm.
Fewer things are more difficult than leading an organization through change. Leading through change in periods of upheaval should come with battle pay. Good transitional leadership is priceless. To borrow from Jim Collins it should have a Level 5 designation all its own. Continue ReadingRead More »
Speech is not free if the government allows corporations to do its suppressive dirty work. When speech is systematically stifled by suspensions, warnings, firings or rebukes, it is functionally as effective as an arrest. Continue ReadingRead More »
When American Christians say Jesus is the savior of prostitutes, druggies and thieves, I daresay this is not what they have in mind… Continue ReadingRead More »
And another Christmas is gone.
I have a vague memory of being at my Granny’s and PawPaw’s house on a Christmas day. We had driven over from my Nana’s and Granddaddy’s house, which was not unusual. We spent many a Christmas away from our own house. Continue ReadingRead More »
Whether or not a person recognizes the Christ-centered nature of Christmas, the virtuous ideals displayed during the season–generosity, love, peace, family, compassion, serving others–are a microcosm of the kingdom of God. Continue ReadingRead More »
And Joseph also went up from the town of Nazareth in Galilee, to Judea, to the city of David, which is called Bethlehem, because he was of the house and family line of David…
Luke’s Gospel, 2:4 (HCSB)
How things have changed since Joseph’s and Mary’s journey.Read More »
No, not the song about golden rings, true loves, and turtle doves. The history of the 12 days of Christmas.Today the 12 days are equated with a song about buying gifts, but it has not always been so. Nor do the 12 days of Christmas lead up to Christmas as is most commonly understood. Initially, the 12 days were a calendar bridge for the differing dates of the Christmas celebration, December 25 in the West vs January 6 in the East.
By the fourth century, however, we find references to two dates that were widely recognized—and now also celebrated—as Jesus’ birthday: December 25 in the western Roman Empire and January 6 in the East (especially in Egypt and Asia Minor). The modern Armenian church continues to celebrate Christmas on January 6; for most Christians, however, December 25 would prevail, while January 6 eventually came to be known as the Feast of the Epiphany, commemorating the arrival of the magi in Bethlehem. The period between became the holiday season later known as the 12 days of Christmas.
So there you have it. There is still time to organize your geese, french hens, leaping lords, milk maidens and the rest of it.Read More »